Germanwings plane crash: Co-pilot ‘wanted to destroy plane’

The co-pilot of the Germanwings flight that crashed into the French Alps wanted to “destroy the plane”, French investigators have said.

French prosecutors, citing information from the cockpit voice recorder said the co-pilot took sole control of plane and intentionally started its descent.

The pilot had just left the cockpit and was locked out.

Neither of the names of the pilot or co-pilot have been released.

The co-pilot was alive until the final impact, the prosecutors added.

The Airbus 320 from Barcelona to Duesseldorf hit a mountain on Tuesday after a rapid eight-minute descent.

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